Law enforcement and militants of the radical left clashed on June 2 and 3 in the streets of Leipzig. The rally, in support of four activists sentenced by a court in Dresden, had been banned for fear of excesses.
About fifty police officers were injured in Leipzig on June 2 and 3 during clashes with demonstrators who came to show their support for four activists from the “antifa” movement, sentenced on June 1 to imprisonment by a court of Dresden.
“This absurd violence by far-left anarchists and rioters is unjustifiable,” castigated German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser in a statement on June 4. The day before, violent clashes had broken out between the police and demonstrators who responded to a call launched on social networks by far-left activists. A gathering banned by local justice, for fear of excesses.
From the evening of June 2, violence broke out in the streets of Leipzig, where hooded militants attacked the police and set fire to street furniture.
The four antifa activists were found guilty on June 1 by a court in Dresden of attacks on neo-Nazis and suspected radical right-wing activists between 2018 and 2020 in the states of Saxony and Thuringia.
Accused of being the mastermind behind this clandestine antifa cell, Lina E., a 28-year-old student in pretrial detention since November 2020, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison. The other three defendants were sentenced to terms ranging from two years and nine months to three years and nine months in prison.
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